Greg Mitchell's WikiLeaks Blogging Day 32, Wed, Dec. 29
Big news so far is Floyd Abrams, Mr. Free Speech attorney, saying not all leaks are equal and WikiLeaks are bad leaks.
9:00 Veteran media rights lawyers Floyd Abrams in WSJ: "Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers." This is a shocking op-ed, only considering the source. Abrams has long been hired by top media outlets, including The New York Times, for top court cases (including the Judy Miller one) and he is known as one of the legendary First Amendment lawyers. So to see him here in such an all-out attack on the idea, and the worth of the leaks, is starllng -- since they have been published in full partnership with the type of media companies (or even a speicfic one) Abrams represents. Obviously, those media outlets see the right to publish the leaks, and recognize their value. Think NYT will hire Abrams if they are brought to court on publishing these cables?
10:45 Emptywheel at FDL responds to Floyd Abrams op-ed (see my take below).
And, there's that 1917 Espionage Act:
10:55 You don't see this headline every day: "My Parents Were Executed Under the Unconstitutional Espionage Act -- Here's Why We Must Fight to Protect Julian Assange." Piece, of course, written by Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
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